7.11.2008

the global village, part 2

Many moons ago, I posted this amazing video made by a guy who had traveled all over the globe.

James, who is responsible for my seeing that in the first place, recently sent me a follow-up.



I find these videos strangely moving, although I'm hard-pressed to articulate why.

Part of it is seeing all the people of the world - being people, expressing joy. How alike we all are.

And part of it is my crazy hunger to see the world, to go everywhere, and the realistic understanding that I never will. Although I travel as often as I can, I would need three or four lifetimes to even go everywhere on my top must-visit list.

I love my life and I know I am incredibly fortunate. But people like Matt, the guy who made these videos, are living another life I want, the one I didn't choose.

6 comments:

James said...

There are a few things that make the Matt videos among my favourite short films ever. The concept is beautifully simple, and is as pure an expression of joy as I can think of. The films take the old cliche that "we are all one" and actually demonstrates it, tossing aside any divisions of nationality, race, religion, etc. Though he does make a nice political point at 1:53 in this film when he dances in the Korean DMZ.

I also liked the bit at 2:37 where he broke out of his dance into the Indian dance the others were doing.

The films are also a tribute to what you can do with the Web if you're inventive. The whole project started when Stride Gum saw YouTube video of Matt dancing in a couple of places, and offered to sponsor his travels for Where The Hell Is Matt? in return for their logo in the last shot of the credits.

L-girl said...

James, nicely said. I would second all of it, and add a healthy dollop of my own wanderlust.

The DMZ dance is really something - the midst of all the communal, united joy, this lonely no-man's-land created by a political and philosophical divide.

James said...

I don't have the travel bug as seriously as you do, but given an opportunity to visit just about any of these places, I'd take it.

The first time I watched this, I was so struck by the DMZ segment that I backed up and watched it through about three times. It does a brilliant job of anchoring the entire project and showing why the unity message -- often dismissed as trite or pollyannaish -- is so important.

Idealistic Pragmatist said...

I know what you mean. I actually do travel like a madwoman (I've been gone so far this year more than I've been home), but even I probably won't see everything I want to see. Especially if I keep adding things to the list!

L-girl said...

often dismissed as trite or pollyannaish

The most important things are often dismissed as trite or pollyannaish.

world peace

valuing love and friendship over material goods

recognizing the humanity in every human, the community of all peoples (as you've said)

We have to dismiss the dismissing, and keep trying.

L-girl said...

I actually do travel like a madwoman (I've been gone so far this year more than I've been home), but even I probably won't see everything I want to see. Especially if I keep adding things to the list!

Oh god, the list keeps growing, I know!!

I can't travel like a madwoman, I only wish I could. My life is just not set up that way, because some of the other things that are very important to me - dogs, comfy home life, time to write (which means not working full-time), visiting family - directly conflict with having time and money to travel.

But I positively crave travel, it's the thing I love most in the world, and I'm always trying to figure out how I can have more of it.

I have a tremendous sense of time ticking away without my having gone to so many of the places I want to see. I don't know why... I just feel this way.

I asked Allan if we could spend our retirement savings (which isn't all that much) on a 5 or 6 really good trips. If he said yes, I'd have done it.